TRANSCRIPT: Hi, I’m Rajeev Issar. I work with United Nations Development Program, and my specific role is to look at climate risk management issues. As we understand, the processes associated with climate variability and change are introducing a new dimension to the problem of risk. There is already an evidence of increasing frequency in incidence, magnitude and geographical spread of climate-induced disasters. So on one hand, the extreme events are increasing while at the same time there is widening impact on key social economic development sectors like agriculture, water, health, ecosystems, which are in many developing countries the mainstays of the people’s economy and community livelihoods. While on one hand this impact is exacerbating, at the same, strategies need to be put in place to address both the risks as well as the impacts and holistic manner. UNDP has been looking at problem of climate risks in an integrated manner, trying to bring together disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and development streams as a composite strategy to address them. One of the key challenges that we have encountered by implementing our intervention on the ground is the availability of actionable climate products and information which will help devise requisite strategy to not just meet the existing risks and challenges but also connect our strategies to the emerging risks and challenges. We believe that our ability to address these risks today will determine our ability to address them tomorrow, once the climate averages have stabilized. So in this interaction in the conference, many useful inputs on how do we harness the available scientific knowledge, the climate research done by numerous technical and research organizations, and how can that knowledge be harnessed to enhance the effectiveness of climate risk management approaches. Quite a few linkages have been established, and I believe that the learning derived from this interaction, from this conference will help us build a more integrated climate risk management approach to help the nations and the communities that we address through our interventions.